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March 16, 2009

Trucking Continues to Dominate Freight Movement

Despite the current weakness in demand for freight transportation services caused by the nation's recession, the long-term outlook remains bright for all modes of freigh

March 11, 2009

Freight Transportation Services Index Falls 2.3 Percent in January

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 2.3 percent in January from its December level, falling for the third consecutive month to its lowest level in more than five years

February 27, 2009

Truck Tonnage Index Rises 3 Percent In January, Down 10.8 Percent From Last Year

A 3-percent month-over-month increase in the American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index in January did little to erase the revised 7.8 percent contraction in December 2008

February 25, 2009

Freight Outlook Deteriorates Further

Calling it "the worst market in a generation," transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates released its mid-month North American Commercial Truck and Trailer Outlook flash report this week, showing a further weakening in freight and equipment demand

February 22, 2009

Putting the Recession in Perspective

"There is nothing typical about a typical recession. They're all unique," said Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, during Heavy Duty Dialogue '09 last week

February 11, 2009

Freight Index Falls 2.3 Percent in December

The Freight Transportation Services Index fell 2.3 percent in December from its November level, falling for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported

January 30, 2009

FTR: Uncertainty, Overcapacity Key Themes for 2009 Economy

In its "Recession Update" webinar for customers Friday, transportation research and forecasting firm FTR Associates painted a picture of a challenging 2009 economic environment, with many uncertainties affecting predictions for the end of this recession

January 26, 2009

ATA Tonnage Index Plummets 11 Percent

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index plunged 11.1 percent in December 2008, marking the largest month-to-month reduction since April 1994, when the unionized less-than-truckload industry was in the midst of a strike

January 26, 2009

NABE Survey Confirms Worsening Recession

A survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics confirmed that the U.S. recession deepened in the fourth quarter of 2008, depicting the worst business conditions since the survey began in 1982

January 14, 2009

Federal Freight Index Lowest in Five Years

The federal government's Freight Transportation Services Index fell 1.4 percent in November from its October level, falling after a one-month rise

January 14, 2009

Truck Repos Down in 2008

There were actually fewer truck repossessions in 2008 than there were in 2007, according to Nassau Asset Management's NasTrac quarterly index, but still many more than 2006

January 8, 2009

Construction Companies Planning Layoffs This Year

An estimated two-thirds of the nation's non-residential construction companies are planning to cut their payrolls, according to new employment and business forecast figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America

January 7, 2009

Stifel, Nicolaus Analysts Look Into Crystal Ball

In their first "think piece" of the new year, the transportation analysts at Stifel, Nicolaus predicted increasing regulations that will constrain capacity increases as we come out of the economic downturn.

January 6, 2009

FTR Associates Releases Preliminary Class 8 Orders for December

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing December Class 8 total net orders for all major North American OEM's at 8775 units -- the weakest monthly order activity since mid-2002

December 26, 2008

FTR Forecast Reflects Downward Revision

FTR Associates' latest truck market forecast registers yet another downward revision to the near term freight and truck production forecast

December 26, 2008

Tonnage Tonnage Shows Month-to-Month Improvement, But Freight Outlook Still Bleak

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.7 percent in November, marking the first month-to-month improvement since June 2008 -- but in real numbers, freight volumes remain weak

December 11, 2008

Analyst: Lower Oil Prices Should Help Economy Recover

Lower oil prices and an expected government stimulus package should help the economy start growing again during the second half of the year, and that may be a signal for some pent-up truck buying demand to kick in.

December 11, 2008

Freight Transportation Services Index Up Slightly in October

The Freight Transportation Services Index rose 1 percent in October from its September level, rising after two consecutive monthly declines, reported the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

December 1, 2008

Economic Bureau Says U.S. Has Been in Recession for a Year

Dismissing the notion that a recession equals two quarters of declining GDP, a prominent group of economists announced that by their reckoning, the U.S. has been in a recession for nearly a year

November 24, 2008

Truck Tonnage Index Drops 3 Percent

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index plunged 3 percent in October, marking the fourth consecutive month-to-month drop

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